For Carlos Vargas of Unión Varsán coffee mill in Monteverde, participating in the NAMA Café has had multiple positive impacts, from the increase in tasting notes, to the production of his own fertilizer and the generation of important information to share with buyers and tourists that visit the mill.
For Daniela Gutiérrez of La Montaña Tarrazú coffee mill, an environmentally-friendly coffee production goes before all else. With her participation in the NAMA Café, the young woman confirmed her processes are already sustainable and identified possible areas for improvement.
Together with the Fundación Banco Ambiental we support coffee producers in Costa Rica with the introduction of more than 70,000 shade trees in their coffee plantations. Shade trees bring a multitude of benefits: they contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases, protect local biodiversity, reduce the number of agrochemicals required, and support the regulation of the micro-climate of the coffee plantation.
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"Today we are taking the first step worldwide with the Coffee NAMA. This a differentiating element to achieve better prices and tell the world that we are a coffee culture, but also very focused on taking care of the environment", states Mario Sibaja, the commercial manager of the coffee mill CoopeVictoria R.L..Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee carbon-neutrality, coffee mills, financing, GIZ, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MINAE, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, results, sustainability
The coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L. works hard to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by decreasing their use of wood and electricity. Warner Quesada, the mill´s manager, explains the actions that were taken with the support of the financial mechanisms provided by the Coffee NAMA.Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee coffee mills, financing, GIZ, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, results, sustainability
Luz Mery Vásquez could teach us some lessons about the empowerment of female leaders. With effort and courage, she managed to more than double her harvest in just one year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and renewing her plantation. The lioness, as her friends call her, tells us how this success has been possible.
New intelligent drying ovens, a water drainer and drying patios - the coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A has realized various important changes to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and energy consumption. Gabriela Fernández, the mill´s manager, tells us why those investments were worth it.Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee coffee mills, financing, GIZ, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MINAE, MRV, NDC, NSP, processing, results, sustainability
An important focus of our work has been the support of coffee farmers to adapt to the impact of climate change. Diego Loria, a technical adviser at ICAFE, has already noticed that the number of shade tree species and disease-resistant coffee varieties has increased considerably in coffee plantations. But for him, the most striking thing is the change of mentality of the traditional producers: “They already identify more with the Good Agricultural Practices we promote - the important thing is that the producer himself recognizes their importance.”
"When many little people, in many little places, do many little things, they can change the whole world."
Just like this African proverb pinpoints, it is not only one person or one institution to realize the work in the context of the Coffee NAMA of Costa Rica, but rather a fruitful collaboration of everyone.
We congratulate all coffee producers, mills, extension workers and members of the partner and support institutions, who have been laboring relentlessly during the past couple of years to stimulate the transformational change happening in the Costa Rican coffee sector and to serve as a model for the rest of the sector, the country and the world.
Important: This video is only available in Spanish.Featured: Cost-efficient, Low-emissions, Quality coffee, Sustainable coffee coffee mills, competitiveness, GIZ, Good agricultural practices, ICAFE, MAG, marketing, MINAE, MRV, NSP, processing, producers, production, results, sustainability